The first thing to get out of the way is this: Hillary Clinton is running for President in 2016, even if she says on Page 595 of her new book, Hard Choices, “I haven’t decided yet.”
the reality of a coming candidacy, the rest of the book just doesn’t
make any sense. This is a campaign book, written by a candidate (via her
speechwriters), processed through a political machine, and delivered to
the public with the contradictory goals of depicting the author as a
decisive leader and not betraying any evidence of leadership that would
turn a voter off. Here is how the candidate-without-an-official-campaign
describes the choice facing the country in the next presidential
Ultimately, what happens in 2016 should be about what
kind of future Americans want for themselves and their children—and
grandchildren. I hope we choose inclusive politics and a common purpose
to unleash the creativity, potential, and opportunity that makes America
exceptional. That’s what all American people deserve.
Real people who aren’t running for office do not write like this.
They do not think like this. They do not try to string together
feel-good words in decisive ways that pretend at taking bold stands on
the future without actually taking any stand. There are no
clear-thinking Americans who do not want “inclusive politics” or “common
purpose.” There is no one in public or private life in this country who
does not want to “unleash the creativity, potential and opportunity” of
the nation. So why write it? Because it is campaign mumbo-jumbo, and
campaign mumbo-jumbo works if you want to win elections.